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2019 All Things Fly Fishing

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On 8/29/2019 at 5:26 PM, PhillyPhisher said:

Found a freaking tank this morning. My biggest brown by far. This is the one I was looking for. Hell of a way to close out the season. 

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That's an awesome fish - congrats.

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38 mins ago, scooleen74 said:

Upper Hudson trib, were running quite low after a high and very wet spring were now low and ready for the change soon to come.  Were blessed up here with large fallfish that launch with abandon at dragonflies laying eggs and beetles that we're being blown from the trees, cheers everyone.

 

 

 

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That's something I didn't do this year - small river smallmouth fishing....will have to make sure I don't miss out next year...nice pics

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On 8/30/2019 at 9:55 AM, CLB said:

Wow! What an absolute hog! From your posts sounds like you were on the hunt. Care to share the story?

We’ve got a reservoir out here and is the main storage for irrigation water in this part of central Oregon. Every year in August the level drops to the point that part of it becomes a river again. Then the Kokanee start to move up it to spawn followed by the big fish that live in the reservoir. 

 

Its really a great opportunity to find really good fish. It’s not easy fishing. They get a lot of pressure. Super clear water and they spook easy. It’s mostly a nymph game. There are definitely people that throw streamers but the fish are eating eggs, mayflies, and red worms that are washed off the banks. 

 

I had hooked abd and lost quite a few good fish this season. Probably due to them really being keyed in on 16-18 PT’s. Small hook, big fish, and heavy water. 

 

The season closes there aug 31st to let the Kokanee, then the browns, spawn. We kind of chase the stillwater, fishing right above it where the water starts moving. Following it all month. This was my last trip before it closed. I had landed a good 19” rainbow and was pretty satisfied with my season. Landed a new PB rainbow a few weeks ago at 23”.  

 

I was about to head to the truck and go to work. A lot of my trips here were 4am wake up. Get there before sun up and fish till 9, then head to work. I was about time to go. 

 

Decided to check one spot around the bend, downstream. It hadn’t been moving two days prior. It was barely moving but enough to get a drift. The bank was calf deep mud as hit hadn’t been dry long enough to firm up. I had hooked and immediately lost a big fish here last year. 

 

After a slog through the mud, about the 3rd cast my line stopped and I set the hook. The fish didn’t really react. It didn’t run so I knew it wasn’t a bow. And it didn’t shake like crazy the way whitefish do and it was heavy. The first time it broke the surface I didn’t see the fish but the swirl was huge. The next time I saw the spots and the yellow side. 

 

Then em it was just a tug of war. It would come up, almost close enough to net, then go back to the bottom. Finally got it to the net and was really just in shock at its size. Really on of those “ Oh my god” moments. Took a little time admiring it. Gave it a kiss and sent him back to the depths. Hiked back through the muck and off to work I went. 

 

Honestly, the rainbows fight way better but we have so few places to target big browns that it really makes them special. Especially on foot, in moving water. This is one I won’t forget. 

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Well I tried both fly and spinning gear to break my August short stripers streak.  But to no avail.  Finished night with 17 short fish around this size

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My buddy @beerdoh got a beautiful fish on spinning gear.

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So was in a good spot just did not manage to find any big girls myself

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1 hour ago, albacized said:

Had a rough weekend, landing one fish (plus lost a second) in two days of fishing...to sooth the pain, I'm going to post my one moment of glory...LOL

 

 

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Yeah but that one moment on a fly is probably hours and hours of incredibly difficult work and luck, congrats.

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Pretty good Monsoon yesterday west of Boston, but always fun to throw articulated streamers to trout you can't see but know they are there!

 

My only regret is not getting the picture of the 4" brookie that attacked and got hooked on the 3.5" fly!

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Finally broke my drought of big bass.  After unhooking fish I lost my grip and she swam off without a photo.  I have really tried to keep all my fish in the water since June and you risk missing pictures but keeping bigger bass healthy is more important to me.  I did not get an official measure but she was in the 30-32" range.

 

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All took big streamers in the 9-10" size range.  I had one fish scare me when it exploded on my fly that was dangling in water at bank edge while I was fixing a piece of gear.  Managed to set hook and get this feisty schoolie in.  

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At end of trip I switched to spinning gear to reach fish breaking about 150' out and got a few more.  One was good size and sliced me off on a rock out there.  The fish have been going nuts well out of fly range so decided to bring spinning rod to capitalize when it happened again.

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The weaker tides are slowing down the bite.  Had two fish just shy of 28" with 7 total caught.  One area jig flies tight to bottom was key.  The other area a 9" game-changer beast from Tony got several fish.  All fish took rear hook of game-changer.8152C39B-7FF3-4F7B-87F2-B08802E5C5D2.jpeg.ebcae5f9041e8dae311ca48e922c1b84.jpeg7D416525-8B83-4D43-AA1B-F410D708F355.jpeg.1d05a324a2f9b89ce83d932e114efdc0.jpeg

 

I saw two different lobsters hunting for baitfish it was cool to watch.  Also saw an eel killing silversides.  Bass were less active on surface and about 1.3 feet less of water moved than yesterday.  Today high tide was 8.5', yesterday was 9.8' and two days either side of new moon we had over 11.5' highs.  Unlike a river flow is changing every few minutes and each tide plus any added wind driven water movement makes fishing conditions vary greatly.

 

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